Review: T-Minus by Shannon Greenwood

Posted September 8, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: T-Minus by Shannon Greenwood

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Genres: YA Romantic Suspense
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on August 6, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

With a title like T-Minus and such a gripping cover, I had no doubt that this was going to be one long adrenaline rush of thrills and twists and I was not mistaken.  I did have to remember to keep in mind that this fell in the Young Adult genre so I would cut it some slack a few times, but, at other times, like when the danger got deadly, I blinked in surprise that this was young adult making this book something of a captivating crossover between the two.


T-Minus begins with First daughter of the United States, Sophie Washington waking up to discover that her brother has disappeared, her mom got a terrorist threat on her life, and the family is being broken up to each their own secret service teams and safe houses.  Her dad’s last words to trust no one are ominous and rattle around in her head just before they all split up.

Sophie’s not one to hide and let things happen especially when there must be someone on the inside for things to have gone down the way they did.  She and her talented, skilled group of friends set out to get to the heart of the terrorist organization who have a revenge agenda because of an op gone wrong that cost lives that Sophie’s mom ordered during her term as governor.  There’s a deadline drawing near and they have to get to the terrorists before the terrorists achieve their goal.

I think I read through well over a third of this book before I was forced to stop reading.  I kept thinking that I’d stop when there was a break in the action, but when it came some twist came and I was off and reading again.

I loved this one and I loved Sophie as a heroine from the get-go.  She has teenage thinking at times, but she has also had to grow up fast.  She’s even had some training that will help her for just such a situation.  It seemed everyone Sophie encounters is not who they said or don’t give her more than bits of the truth.  She ditches her handlers to go rogue and help as a result.  But, she’s not alone and has a pack of equally intrepid friends.  I enjoyed seeing them all working together and getting stuff done, sometimes by the skin of their teeth.  The whiff of romance for Sophie was present, but did stay in the background much of the time which made sense  since this is a suspense story at the the heart.

I was a little startled at the grittiness of this one as the body count piled up when I remembered this is a book for teens, but, it would have felt even more unrealistic than it did if the danger wasn’t kept in front of the reader.  Okay, and a few of those deaths had my eyes burning a bit with tears.

The unrealistic aspect was the fact that teens were tracking down and taking down these terrorists who had a deadly plan in place.  I wasn’t buying that supposedly skilled and trained adults like the CIA officers and analysts couldn’t seem to figure some of the stuff out and only Sophie and her friends could.

That said, I did root the little group on and was speedily flipping pages as they went after this group who just needed to be taken out before more innocents were killed.  I was happy to hate on the lot of them and a lot of what is in this book hits close to home so my emotions were right there.

YA Warning- moderate-extreme violence

So, it lived up to my early anticipation.  I was thrilled to note the author has a backlist of espionage-type stories.  This is Young Adult, but I think those who enjoy adult thrillers might appreciate this one, too.  Definite recommend for those who enjoy fast-action, gritty and twisting YA thrillers.

My thanks to Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

This does sound like an exciting book, but I’d probably have to suspend my disbelief at a bunch of teenagers tackling terrorists more skillfully than trained adults. Glad you were swept up in the story. I do love an addictive read!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, that was my only hiccup, but I was able to get past it for the most part as I was riveted to the story itself. Had a blast!

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Wow, sounds like you had a really good time with this one. I do like the sounds of a bunch of teens doing something like this.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

They were something else and all brought something cool to the table to help out. They were pretty smart.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Wow! I feel like the violence is high for a YA.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

That part really surprised me, too. It was part of what made me forget at times that it was a YA. This author wasn’t afraid to kill people off.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
2 years ago

This sounds like fun! I like books with a lot of action and this sounds exciting. It is funny how sometimes we are supposed to believe that only these teens can do what nobody else can but I just try to go with it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It was definitely a fun surprise. Yeah, the teens save the world bit was great, but I was shaking my head in the background. 🙂

2 years ago

This sound like a fast paced thrilling read. That sounds nice how she has a good group of friends around her. I have that some trouble something with YA books when younger people are taking down skilled adults it can be a bit unrealistic. It sounds like a great read overall, although maybe a bit too thriller like for me.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

It was pretty exciting stuff and I loved how the group of friends figured it all out and got it done. But, yeah, it was tough to swallow that they bested the adult professionals at it.